The Memory Artist


When you turn to this issue’s cover story, you’ll be struck by the acuteness of author Steve Bornfeld’s memory, not only of the grand public events of November 22, 1963—a president slain, a nation in mourning—but of the textures of the workaday world where those events were experienced. Bornfeld was just 6 years old the day John F. Kennedy died, but the small world of his Bronx street—the storefronts, the hubbub of apartment life, the comings and goings of a whole hallway full of mother figures—remains fine-grained for him, with all its imperfections unvarnished by time. Anyone who gets the chance to chat with Bornfeld—known to Vegas Seven readers as a first-rate cultural reporter and columnist—quickly learns that he is also a memory artist, with an unusual ability to help us not only see the past, but feel it. We hope you’ll agree that his Kennedy memoir, “Camelot, Innocence and the Art of Unhappy Endings,” is a fine example of that talent.

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